Re: MS SQL Server Enterprise Manager plug-in question

  • From: "Rich Jesse" <rjoralist2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 09:22:40 -0500 (CDT)

> Anyone using the MS SQL Server plugin with Enterprise Manager and is there
> any costs associated with using it?  (Licensing etc)
> I looked on OTN and I can't find anything that indicates that you have to do
> anything other than install it but I wanted to double check. lists it at $1800 per monitored server processor.

I evaluated the plugin once upon a time.  There were several shortcomings
and bugs.  IIRC, monitoring SS2K was problematic.  I ended up writing my own
basic plugin, but the complexity of expanding it to monitor the metrics I
needed and the agent instability proved to be too much for the return on
that investment.

Luckily, I managed to acquire licenses for Quest's Spotlight on SQL Server
Enterprise just this week.  It has a few quirks like each metric has to have
email notification setup separately, but much much nicer to monitor SQL
Server than Grid -- AND NO BUGGY ORACLE AGENT TO INSTALL on every SQL Server
box.  It's agentless!  YAY!  Of course, YMMV.

I'm wondering when Oracle figures out that it's pricing itself out of
several opportunities...

My $.02,


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